When news of Gen. David Petraeus’ resignation hit Friday, details were slim, but the story behind the story seemed to be that the affair had been uncovered as the result of an FBI investigation. Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell was quickly named as his partner in the affair, and sources claimed she was being investigated for “improper access” to classified information and to Petraeus’ email account.

The Associated Press is reporting today that unnamed military sources claim Broadwell had sent threatening emails to Jill Kelley, who works for the State Department as its liaison to the military’s Joint Special Operations Command. In investigating the harassing emails, the FBI uncovered Petraeus’ affair with Broadwell.

While the plot thickens into the circumstances surrounding Petraeus’ resignation as CIA director, there’s still one big question we don’t want to see get lost in the shuffle.


Some sources are reporting that Kelley was not a member of the State Department but instead a citizen volunteer.

  • Pat Loudoun

    Have people read Broadwell’s bio? Quite the over achiever. This is a fate worse than death for someone of her ilk.

  • big_phil76

    Well at least Petraus had better taste in women than Clinton ha ha

  • Kimberly Schutzenhofer

    There is NO way the FBI would be investigating the HEAD of the CIA and the pres didn’t know. Maybe it wasn’t held back because of the election but perhaps something different. Since apparently this started months ago – any chance with Petraeus upcoming testimony on Benghazi they had a little get together to discuss his testimony, and when they didn’t like what he was going to say they brought out the affair issue? Perhaps being a military man who actually made it all the way to general just could not do the right thing for men that died defending their country, and while he screwed around, still intends to do the right thing by these men?

  • disappearing moderate

    Here’s an interesting talk Broadwell gave at some sort of alumni deal in Denver. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPaf5OJSskY She sure seems to still be in the loop as far as what Petraeus knew re: the Benghazi attack as it happens. She confirms the Fox new story of the CIA annex’s plea for help. So Paula goes all “you ain’t woman enough to take my man” on Jill? I’m afraid this soap opera stuff will bury the real story here which is why were consulate requests for reinforcements prior to the attack ignored and why did Petraeus push the “blame the video” narrative.

  • http://scallywagandvagabond.com/ scallywag

    If David Petraeus was asked to leave his office because he had actually breached ethics, laws and compromised national security that would be one thing, but it seems the real pickle in this messy salad is the fact that it suddenly occurred to someone high up that one day the public would come looking for answers as to the conduct of the US and major operatives in its dealings and that maybe rather than risk facing real examination and a reigning in of its powers it merely chose to conveniently push its token Queen bee out of the beehive reasoning that they would be taking out the incriminating fingerprints with them out the front door.

    Which raises the awkward question will the public dare come looking for answers anyway….?